Impractical condition of the heart

Yet despite their adorable cardiac shape, they cop a whole lot of negative medical press. Red clots, black infarcts and yellow fatty deposits. Medical Observer’s colour photos serve us a weekly palette of coronary fragility.

We all know the big CV risk factors, but recent research has focused on numerous, minor associations. Even Shakespeare had an inkling we would eventually find plenty of quirky factors, when he wrote: “This heart shall break into a hundred thousand flaws.”